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Early Big Ten Reaction: Quiet week as conference play begins

NCAA Football: Georgia Southern at Indiana Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

On a hot Saturday in Week 4, the Big Ten had a quiet week as the conference schedule began for many schools.

Four teams — Illinois, Northwestern, Minnesota and Wisconsin — had their bye weeks, which contributed to the quiet week.

By now, you know what happened in the Michigan game — and shame on you if you don’t, but you can read all the details on Maize n Brew.

But what else happened around the conference Saturday?

In a tight contest, a struggling Nebraska team edged out Rutgers in Lincoln. Despite the issues Nebraska has had on the field so far this season, it was a little surprising to see Rutgers hang around so long. At halftime it was only a 7-point game, for crying out loud!

Nebraska 27, Rutgers 17

Over in Bloomington, Ind., the Hoosiers had no problem at all with Georgia Southern. By halftime it was 31-7 and Indiana didn’t slow down there. This is still a dangerous team, and despite playing an inferior opponent, don’t sleep on the Hoosiers in 2017 — they’ll do this to a couple more teams before the season’s done.

Indiana 52, Georgia Southern 17

Then there were the Buckeyes, also cruising against a weaker opponent at home. This time it was UNLV, who, plainly, didn’t put up much of a fight. Ohio State led 44-7 at the half, looking sharp and making very few mistakes. Of course, it’s hard to draw serious conclusions about teams from games like these, but the Buckeyes did exactly what they needed to do.

Because of their season opener at Indiana, which doubled as the conference opener, the Buckeyes completed their non-conference schedule in Week 4 and will jump back into Big Ten play next week.

Ohio State 54, UNLV 21

Maryland, in the only other day game in the Big Ten on Saturday, lost a little of its momentum following its big win at Texas to open the season and the dominant performance against Towson. In Week 4, UCF came to town and thoroughly handled the Terrapins, making me (and most others, probably) rethink how good this team will be as the season moves on. Still, they can still make some plays, like this one:

UCF 38, Maryland 10